With an almost painless Council of Ministers, Palazzo Chigi has given the green light to the decree that reforms the governance of cybersecurity. Just six months ago he tried Giuseppe Conte, but it had been bombed by its own majority. The Democratic Party was against, Luigi di Maio had strong reserves, Carlo Calenda accused the premier of playing at 007 in full Covid emergency and Matteo Renzi invoked the excerpt of the norm which had emerged as a surprise in the economic maneuver. A storm within the perimeter of the majority, which forced the jurist to give up his plans.
Nothing of the kind happened on the reform text that puts the National Cybersecurity Agency under the control of Mario Draghi and of the delegated authority, Franco Gabrielli. In the meantime, because the ACN will be public and not private, as Conte’s foundation would have been: a structure that according to critics would have invaded the fields of cyberintelligence, subtracting the powers and functions of the secret services, the Dis and the Aise and Aisi agencies. The control of the private law foundation imagined by the former premier would go to Gennaro Vecchione, the prefect who led the Dis finch Draghi did not decide to replace him with Elisabetta Belloni.
The scheme now completely reversed, as indeed also the political scenario. The new agency is a legal personality of public law which it does not invade the field of cyberintelligence and does not subtract competences from the Ministry of the Interior or that of Defense. Proof of this is the fact that Luciana Lamorgese and Lorenzo Guerini, contrary to the Conte era, did not raise objections regarding the birth of a structure that will be a sort of national cybersecurity ministry.
Wednesday evening, during the political control room at Palazzo Chigi, the parties basically agreed. Giancarlo Giorgetti was absent for agenda issues and certainly not, his parents assure, because the Mise (like other ministries) will have to hand over some expertise to the newly created agency. The League’s Minister of Development would be essentially indifferent to the decree and a similar attitude would have shown the 5 Stars of the Contian rite. The only issue raised by the parties concerns the enrollment of 300 technicians, which could become 800 by 2027, many of them highly qualified. Stefano Patuanelli wanted to know during the Council of Ministers how they will be recruited and similar doubts raised Renato Brunetta.
If in Cdm everything is (almost) smooth, also because Draghi’s staff had been working on the dossier for weeks, preparing the ground with the political forces and with Copasir. The rest was done by the technical and political dialogue with the Quirinale, also given the attention of President Sergio Mattarella to the risk of cyber attacks by states or criminal groups. Concerns shared by the Prime Minister, so much so that he expressed satisfaction with his staff for the turnaround: a reform that the former president of the ECB considers fundamental, because it increases the country’s cyber resilience and protects the reforms of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr).
The Acn will a nerve center of connection with Brussels, for the safety of public and private investments connected with the Recovery. In the words of the dem Enrico Borghi, a member of Copasir, Italy now has what it takes, at a time when the technological revolution requires a qualitative leap. It is no coincidence then that Mario Draghi wanted the green light of his team on the eve of the G7 which opens today in Cornwall, UK. Also thanks to this reform, the head of the national unit executive can show the EU leaders that the infrastructures that will be born with the Recovery billions will be secured. The theme of the cyber defense of sensitive infrastructures it will certainly be touched also tomorrow, when on the sidelines of the G7 the head of the Italian government will have his first bilateral meeting with the American President Joe Biden. Up to now Italy has only defended itself in this field.
The choice of the director of the new agency it is up to the President of the Council, who every year, after consulting the Parliamentary Committee for the Security of the Republic, will have to draw up the national cyber security strategy. Running for the direction of the Agency is Roberto Baldoni, the professor of computer engineering and deputy director general of the Dis, with responsibility for cybersecurity, who worked on the text of the decree as well as on Conte’s failed reform. But among the ministers also turns the name of Nunzia Ciardi, which Gabrielli chose to lead the Postal Police.
June 10, 2021 (change June 10, 2021 | 23:57)
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